CFP – Rethinking Youth Cultures In The Age Of Global Media

Rethinking Youth Cultures In The Age Of Global Media
Conference: Friday, 17 June 2011, Institute Of Education, London

Young people now have significantly greater access to globalised media and to technologies that can form and sustain transnational connections; many have also experienced global migration, and live in communities in which a wide range of global cultures mix and cross-fertilise. Media companies for their part are constructing and targeting global markets in which definitions of ‘age’ are stretched and/or inconsistent, whilst in general the role of media and consumption in contemporary culture has undergone significant shifts. Such developments have posed a challenge to some of the theoretical and methodological assumptions of earlier research on youth cultures. This conference, the final event in an ESRC-funded seminar series exploring these issues, will consider current and future directions for youth cultures research in the context of media globalisation.

Keynote speakers include Ritty Lukose (New York University, author of Liberalisation’s Children: Gender, Youth and Consumer Citizenship in Globalizing India) on ‘The Space-Time of Youth: Globalization and Generation’ and Mary Celeste Kearney (University of Texas, author of Girls Make Media) on ‘Rethinking Our Frames: Contexualizing Girls’ Media Production.’

In addition, the day will feature parallel panel presentations by some of those involved in the seminar series and conclude with a roundtable reflecting on the themes of the conference and the series, with Anoop Nayak, Christine Griffin, Hilary Pilkington, Rupa Huq and others.

There are still slots for additional papers and panels on relevant topics such as: youth and new media; theories of youth culture; youth as consumers; migration, transnationalism and diaspora; identities, differences and inequalities; youth as media producers and participants; and methods in youth research. If you would like to propose a paper or a themed panel, please send a title plus a 200-word abstract and author information to FELS-youthculture@open.ac.uk before Monday 28 March 2011 (extension to earlier deadline of March 11).

We are keeping the cost of attendance at the conference low at just £20 (to cover lunch, refreshments and a closing reception). To reserve a place and arrange payment, please email FELS-youthculture@open.ac.uk.